Die-hard arborists don't want you to get close to a tree with
ponds, streets, building or any thing else. All trees are similar in at
least two ways. They all drop foliage and none of them have razor sharp
roots that stalk out and spear *** pond liners! Yes it is true that a
tree root is powerful enough to buckle a driveway or crack a sidewalk
yet they won't pierce a *** liner. The reason is simple. A small
crack in a sidewalk lets moisture through to the ground below. A tree
root is programmed to hone in on moisture. If a concrete sidewalk is in
its way it doesn't matter. A pond has lots of water but (fortunately for
the pond owners), a tree doesn't know that! Roots simply traverse the
surrounding soil beneath a pond instead of going through a watertight
Skimmers are made to handle foliage falling into a pond. Since
Aquascape Designs were the first manufacturers to market skimmers, just
a few years ago, most books do not contain information about them. Those
that do talk about adapted swimming pool filters must realize that the
strainers on swimming pool filters are vastly undersized for a pond's
requirements. Leaves that drop into the pond in late Fall do not,
because of sheer numbers, all make it to the skimmer. As long as most of
the debris is collected for you, however, surrounding trees do not
prevent you from having a successful pond.
Ideally, a pond should be built outside a tree's drip zone. For
most trees, removing some of their roots and putting a pond over the top
of them is not going to kill them. Always take into consideration,
however, the type of tree you're working with when you decide where you
will locate a pond. For example, a silver maple is a lot more adaptable
than a 100-year-old oak.(check with experts about what you can do to
which kinds of trees.) I can honestly say I have never seen a tree that
was killed by the installation of a pond.
A naturally wooded lot does pose some design problems. The
aesthetic advantages that surrounding trees add to the setting of the
pond make them advantageous to the overall look of the pond.(Ponds
beneath trees can become beautiful reflecting pools.)
THIS IS WHY SKIMMERS WERE INVENTED!!
Our skimmer unit is the lowest maintenance, most user-friendly
design on the market today. It is the only skimmer available with an
overflow design, a low maintenance horizontal filter pad and an optional
accurate pond level fill valve. The bulkhead fitted overflow allows you
to set the pond level exactly, while eliminating pond edge erosion. A
horizontal filter design does not prevent water from reaching the pump
and burning it out. Unlike imitation vertical mats, which require
substantially more maintenance, the water level above the filter mat is
always true. This design allows a fill valve to only activate when the
pond water level is low, preventing the problem of continuously running
fill valves. A spring-loaded mechanical weir can easily be removed to
allow more water to reach larger pumps, or to allow the pumps to be run
during low water conditions. The weir design has proven to be the most
effective in spa and swimming pool applications and has proven to hold
up to the test without deterioration. The skimmer's high-density
polyethylene construction is firm, but flexes during freeze-thaw cycles
or shifting earth. It will never crack, unlike rigid fiberglass designs,
which can easily crack over time. The single greatest benefit of the
skimmer is how it hides the mechanics of the pond while substantially
reducing the pond's maintenance.
The Aquascape Design Ecosystem
Complete Pro Pond Kits
"HELPING TO CHANGE THE WAY THE WORLD BUILDS PONDS.
> The winds are howling here today. Probably gusting at over 50 mph. Anything
> in my backyard that is not nailed down is gone! Think water hyacinth, tall
> plants, pond accessories, etc.
> All replaced by bizzillion leaves from the neighborhood. I swear that pond
> water attracts leaves!
> And leaves of course turns to algae next summer. What is a ponder to do?
> "I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."
> Woodrow Wilson